Grants of up to $1,500 available to Adirondack farms

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ELIZABETHTOWN — Grants of up to $1,500 will be available to Adirondack farms and value-added producers for environmentally beneficial and sustainable projects, the Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute announced Monday.

For the 2021 cycle, the grant program will award up to $1,500 for projects that will support farms with adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change and projects that support the overall environmental health of the Adirondack landscape and its communities.

“Sustainably managed farmlands are working landscapes that protect wildlife, open space and water quality, while playing a part in mitigating climate change. Supporting Adirondack farms benefits the environment as well as our economy and our communities, with jobs and healthy food,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway. “Sustainable farms and local food are essential to the creation of a sustainable Adirondack economy.”

The Adirondack Council’s Micro-grant Program has awarded over $129,000 to support 85 projects since it began in 2016. Last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the program awarded grants to 13 farms totaling $37,492 for environmental awards and for COVID-19 related projects. The Klipper Family Fund helped to establish the program and continues to support it.

“Local farms are an important part of the Adirondack Park’s quality of life. Not only do they provide jobs and fresh, wholesome food, but there are also environmental benefits to local agriculture,” said Courtney Klipper, co-founder of the Klipper Fund. “With sustainable farming practices, farms can improve water quality, conserve energy, reduce fossil fuel emissions and sequester carbon. Micro-grants are an opportunity to start or improve practices that enhance environmental benefits by decreasing the monetary burden for farmers.”

“Farms are ecologically, socially, and economically tied to the Adirondack Park. We are happy that well-placed micro-grants can help farmers achieve their environmental goals,” added Nathaniel Klipper, the other co-founder of the Klipper Fund. “It has been a pleasure to see this program continue to flourish over the past six years.”

Applications for the 2021 micro-grant cycle will be accepted from March 1 through March 31. Awards will be made for projects that enhance environmental benefits, which may include improving soil health or water quality, reducing carbon emissions, conserving energy, or other environmentally healthy and sustainable farming efforts. Grants of up to $1,500 are available, with preference to projects that can be fully funded by the grants.

Eligible applicants to the Adirondack Council’s Micro-grant Program are farms and value-added producers that take raw materials and process them into consumer products across the Adirondack Park. To apply, visit surveymonkey.com/r/RTRXBZM.

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